This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
When commencing these papers, I intended to treat of each border separately, making suggestions in detail both upon the first and suc-cessional crops. This would have been much the simplest; but the conclusion I finally arrived at was, that, for my remarks to be instructive, they must be seasonable - that is to say, if hints were given in the April or May number of the 'Gardener' upon work that should be performed in February or March, they would certainly miss their mark. Another idea was to advise upon the breadths or quantities of any kind of vegetable to be planted or sown. This, again, is impracticable, as the sizes of gardens, and the demands of different establishments, vary considerably. I shall therefore make my remarks as seasonable as possible, with perhaps a few suggestions as to quantities to be grown.